On Sunday 27 February, two sixth-year seminarians from Corpus Christi College were accepted as candidates to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Melbourne in the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders.

The Rite of Admission is celebrated when those who have discerned their desire to serve God and his people make this known to the wider community and at the Rite are asked two important questions by their local bishop.

At the 11am Mass held at St Patrick’s Cathedral and broadcast on community channel C31, Archbishop Comensoli asked Peter Nguyen and Tien Tran the following questions:

Do you resolve to complete your preparation so that in due time, through holy orders, you will be prepared to assume ministry within the Church?


Do you resolve to prepare yourselves in mind and spirit, to give faithful service to Christ the Lord, and His Body: the Church?

In front of the crowd gathered – which included students and staff from Corpus Christi College – both candidates offered a resounding “yes”.

Archbishop Comensoli congratulated the two young men and encouraged them to remain committed to their ongoing formation. ‘Congratulations Peter and Tien. Keep your studies up fellas. There is no end to formation,’ he said. And then, turning to the rest of the seminarians and clergy gathered repeated: ‘For all of us – there is no end to formation.’

He then encouraged the two candidates and seminarians gathered to ‘go and say hello to God’s people!’

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Peter Nguyen and Tien Tran, sixth-year seminarians for the Archdiocese of Melbourne Casamento Photography

Corpus Christi College Regional Seminary offers formation for diocesan seminarians from the Archdioceses of Melbourne, Hobart and Adelaide, as well as the Victorian Dioceses of Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst.